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5 important EMT responsibilities

5 important EMT responsibilities | Aspect 2&3 |
Julia Koehn's comment, March 28, 2014 10:17 AM
Once the patient is safely in the ambulance, you need to know their medical needs which will include how they got hurt or where their pain is located so you can quickly analyze how you can calm them down and bring down their pain level until they get to the hospital to be treated in the emergency room.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 28, 2014 10:26 AM
Also while in the ambulance, you must take their vital signs and do a SAMPLE history. Taking vital signs can be crucial to the patients life because there may be internal trauma that you cannot see which could cause even more problems for the patient. A SAMPLE history is also very important. A SAMPLE history is a list of information you must get from the patient; Signs and symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Pertinent past medical history, Last oral intake, Events leading to injury or sickness.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 28, 2014 10:27 AM
You also must keep a calm and collected composure throughout this process because if you panic then the patient panics which will lead to chaos. Although the job can be stressful, this aspect of the job is quite vital.
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Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic |

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic | | Aspect 2&3 |
Julia Koehn's comment, March 26, 2014 10:33 AM
Although being an EMT can be very rewarding, it can definitely have a big impact on the physical health of the technician. This job requires a lot of kneeling, bending, and lifting which can cause stress and strain on the body. The loud sirens can also affect hearing. The job also contains a lot of stress with the large variety of life and death situations.
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Iowa Man Died for 15 Minutes at Pub

Iowa Man Died for 15 Minutes at Pub | Aspect 2&3 |
Don Roese, 83, collapsed near a paramedic's birthday celebration.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 25, 2014 10:03 AM
In this article, we find a story about an 83 year old man who collapsed and dies from a heart attack, but was brought back by an EMT, Paramedic, and an Emergency Nurse. I think this story speaks wonders to the health field and why I feel so strongly about it. Towards the end of the article, it mentions how the patient was able to thank the paramedic for saving his life. This moment really touched me, Don Roese, got another chance at life.
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What Does a Trauma Nurse Do? | Fortis Blog

What Does a Trauma Nurse Do? | Fortis Blog | Aspect 2&3 |
With specialized education and dedication, trauma nurses make a massive difference.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 6, 2014 10:26 AM
Trauma nursing is a truly stressful field, but rewarding to some. The main duty of a trauma nurse is to stabilize patients who enter the emergency room. These nurses need to be especially fast-pased and need to be able to think on their feet. Medical students don't normally go straight into trauma nursing, many start out in the emergency field and work up to trauma nursing as they gain experience.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 6, 2014 10:31 AM
It is very important for those thinking to enter this field to fully perceive the duties and actions a trauma nurse must go through on a daily basis. Although many of the needed abilities for this job can be taught, you need to know you limits mentally, physically, and emotionally. The things trauma nurses can see coming through the emergency room doors can be too much for many people and the pressure can be too much for a lot of people. Trauma nursing isn't for everyone.
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Why Emergency Nursing?

Julia Koehn's comment, March 5, 2014 10:33 AM
Emergency nursing can vary tremendously in every situation, it's not always fast-pased, but it has many moments where it is, and you don't always handle patients with the same condition, age, or sex, so you will need a large variety of skills to be able to handle the amount of changes within these conditions. One main ability you will need is the ability to shift gears and accelerate your pace as needed. This is essential because when you have and emergency situation, you need to act quick, it very well could be a life or death situation. You will also need to have good observation, assessment, and prioritization skills. Not all patients that come into the emergency room will be able to properly communicate their problems, so you will need to observe them in such a way that you will be able to find the problem and give them the proper medication and treatment they require.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 6, 2014 10:08 AM
A common misconception people may have is the fact that emergency nurses can only work in hospitals. This is not necessarily true. Emergency nurses can also be found in schools of nursing; research institutions; prehospital transport such as ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes; the military; prisons; and poison control centers. As you can see, these nurses have a large area in which they are able to work in and they have very few limitations on what they can do because they are trained with such a broad range of medical knowledge.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 6, 2014 10:15 AM
As any nurse, you will always need to know what the new technologies and medications that have came through, so taking classes is almost essential. Knowledge is an absolutely necessary in this field, along with all through life. Although some places do hire emergency nurses right out of school, not all do, so you will need a way to gain experience and raise the chances of getting a job as soon as you can. Taking classes, along with doing internships, will give you an upper hand when applying for a job to start your career in the emergency field.
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Emergency Nurse

Emergency Nurse | Aspect 2&3 |
There when people need you. You’ll treat patients in an emergency by quickly recognizing, and solving, life-threatening problems. Work in, and out, of the hospital.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 4, 2014 10:17 AM
On a typical day, you'll be facing various patients all with different medical problems. As an Emergency nurse, your job will be to stabilize patients, recognize the medical condition of patient, and administer medication to lower pain levels, as well as inform them of the problem and how it can be avoided in the future. This job is fast-pased and leaves you with little down time. To deal with these conditions, nurses are trained to think fast and deal with patients quickly and efficiently.
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The Pre-Med Guide to Becoming an EMT

The Pre-Med Guide to Becoming an EMT | Aspect 2&3 |
An exciting look into the world of EMS.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 27, 2014 10:22 AM
Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, are one of the primary first responders who are trained to quickly and safely transport a patient to the hospital. EMTs are trained for a large variety of situations so they have the ability to help any emergency patient they come across.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 27, 2014 10:28 AM
To become an EMT, you need to take the EMT class, typically offered at community colleges and some universities, and you must pass both the written and practical exams. The written exam is an online test to examine your "book smarts", but the practical exam will be a hands on test where you demonstrate how you react to situations and prove that you can and are able to work efficiently as an EMT.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 27, 2014 10:31 AM
Volunteering as an EMT will become a smart choice before you officially get a job as an EMT because you will receive real experience and showing that you volunteered looks very good on a resume to your future employers.
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Meet the EMTs who saved shot Brooklyn cop

Meet the EMTs who saved shot Brooklyn cop | Aspect 2&3 |
The veteran EMTs who rushed to the aid of a rookie cop who was shot in Brooklyn said Thursday their instincts kicked in immediately when they saw that an officer…
Julia Koehn's comment, March 26, 2014 10:10 AM
In this article, we hear about how two off duty EMTs saved the life of an injured cop in Brooklyn. I find this story to be very strong and touching because who knows what the outcome would have been for the cop if the EMTs weren't around to stabilize him. Even though these women weren't on duty, they were still willing to rush to his rescue. Although the many people don't come across situations such as this, I know that if I did, I'd want to be a hero to someone like these women were.
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EMTs and Paramedics : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

EMTs and Paramedics : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Aspect 2&3 |
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 24, 2014 10:25 AM
EMTs can be extremely crucial to saving a person's life. These professionals are the first responders who try to stabilize a patient so they can receive a full treatment at the hospital. Many people over look the importance of these men and women, without them, many lives would be gone and none would have had a chance to be saved.
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Julia Koehn's comment, March 4, 2014 10:30 AM
When in this field of nursing, you must be very accurate in what you expect the problem to be and how to fix it. One aspect of the job that may seem to be a downside would be the fact that you cannot follow up with your patients so once they leave, you may never find out how they recovered and how much better they are doing, if they get much better. Another downfall is the fact that these nurses will come in contact with unpleasant patients who may be unsatisfied and the nurse will need to know how to handle these situations.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 5, 2014 10:12 AM
Patients and their families strongly rely on nurses for information and support, causing the nurse to have strong communication skills. In any given day in the emergency room, a nurse will need to have the skills to inform patients and families on current situations, comfort those in need, and educate those on that in which they require to know, such as how to take care of themselves and/or their family member during the healing processes, or how to avoid this from happening again.
Julia Koehn's comment, March 5, 2014 10:23 AM
In the emergency medical field, there are quite a few more options than just becoming an emergency nurse. This field offers more jobs than people realize, such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) where you can work in a helicopter or in an ambulance, a nurse educator, nurse manager, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, and many others. Each of these are different, but make a huge impact on many people.
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Day in the Life: ER Nurse - YouTube

Will Cristobal is an Emergency Room Nurse. As part of ConnectEd's "Day in the Life" series, Will discusses what it is like to be an Emergency Room Nurse and ...
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